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Rissington Bridge strengthening

RissingtonRidge closureWork started on Monday 4 October on Rissington Bridge, Puketitiri Rd (northwest of Napier city) so it can accommodate heavier and taller vehicles. Work is expected to be complete by the end of November 2021.

Rissington Bridge has reopened, all work to be completed by Dec

Rissington Bridge has fully reopened to all traffic. We originally said the bridge would be closed until 12 November but the work requiring a closure was completed early.

Gantry works (height warning signage) remains to be completed, and this is expected to be completed by December. A bridge closure is not necessary for this stage. The gantry works will be on and off. Traffic management will only be in place while work is taking place, and will be localised to the work-site.

The asphalt surfacing works are back on today, and the above bridge closures will go ahead as planned.

Work is progressing well, and on track to be completed by the target date of Friday 12 November.

The new steel work is complete and the next steps include:

  • Installing height warning signs at either end of the bridge
  • Maintenance items such as water blasting all the bridge parts, resurfacing the deck to get rid of the old thick layer of sealing, and replacing with new thinner AC layer.

Upcoming long weekend

Rissington Bridge will be open during the long weekend, includng Hawke's Bay Anniversary on Friday 22 October and Labour Day on Monday 25 October.

About the project

Rissington Bridge is restricted to vehicle weights of 44 tonnes and heights of 4.28 metres. Once strengthened, it will be able to accommodate 62-tonne vehicles with heights up to 4.9 metres.

The work is needed to comply with the Government’s Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Dimension and Mass 2016, which means roads and bridges must accommodate greater vehicle weights and dimensions than previously.

The rule’s objective is to make the country’s farms, forests and freight industry more efficient and profitable by allowing increased loads to be transported, reducing the number of trips required.


This map shows the alternative route that can be taken during bridge closure times, which is roughly 50 minutes. In the event of an emergency such as a fire where people need to evacuate, the workers would clear Rissington Bridge within 30 minutes so the bridge could be used.

HDC RissingtonBridge Detour Map A4


We acknowledge the difficulty this could bring to families and businesses and we are doing our best to minimise the impact. When planning this schedule, we considered the times when high users such as dairy workers, fertilisers, DOC, school-goers etc., travel on it most. We also held a Zoom forum with key stakeholders representing high bridge users to find the most suitable date for them.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact our Customer Service team at or on 06 871 5000.


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